Quotes – Bertrand Russell – One of my favourite people!

Bertie was a philosopher who spoke it like it was. What he said always made sense.

Fear is the main source of superstition, and one of the main sources of cruelty. To conquer fear is the beginning of wisdom.
That makes sense to me. Fear of death is the main reason people are religious – fear of hell – fear of god. Not for me. Our destruction of nature has a lot to do with our fear of creatures and natural events. We seek to tame it.
The trouble with the world is that the stupid are cocksure and the intelligent are full of doubt.
How true is that? The stupid always think they know while the clever know enough to be sure that it is never black and white.
Most people would sooner die than think; in fact, they do so.
The sheeple rule. Maybe people should have to sit a competency test before being allowed to vote? Most people do not want to think about anything. They would rather fill their lives with fun and distraction rather than deal with the real issues. They absorb propaganda and are manipulated by the establishment/politicians/manufacturers through the media lies. You can see it on my blog. If I put up challenging or thought provoking material it is less popular. Put up something light and daft it is really popular.
War does not determine who is right – only who is left.
He was a great pacifist.
Religions that teach brotherly love have been used as an excuse for persecution, and our profoundest scientific insight is made into a means of mass destruction.
The hypocrisy of religion, cruelty and stupidity of humans and misuse of funding and knowledge never ceases to amaze me.
I thought I’d end with one that is relevant to Trump and the way he has deliberately stirred up hatred in his campaign.
Why is propaganda so much more successful when it stirs up hatred than when it tries to stir up friendly feeling?
Why indeed?
Bertrand certainly had a way of putting things.

18 thoughts on “Quotes – Bertrand Russell – One of my favourite people!

  1. But why is there a white elephant in the room? That being party membership to a bunch of sniveling self-serving liars – they all are, no matter what they call themselves or what side they swing. Do yourself a favour and step into the middle because there’s more than one set of balls needing a huge booting.

    1. I have no illusions about Clinton and the establishment she serves. There is a big message going out about that. I hope Brexit, Corbyn, Clinton and Trump are all giving the establishment both sides of th pond something to think about. The message is clear – people do not like the way the establishment is running things.
      But Trump’s use of hate-stirring pisses me off. The seeds of that are far-reaching.

      1. I have to disagree. I think what Trump’s just done, thrust his fist up the ass of the establishment is exactly what was needed. The establishment hate him for that, as do hard boiled old school Republicans. That’s got to be a good thing. That might end up as a very valuable tool to coerce US politics into a wake-up call and new era of correction of itself.
        Even Michael Moore said so on his show last night – did you watch it?
        I think you did have some illusions about Clinton some weeks ago, but have since done some serious thinking about that.
        Corbyn? He’s a drop in the ocean. I doubt if he makes a jot of difference to anybody really as he speaks for too few and as for himself, I particularly object to his IRA sympathy. He’s retro-politic, and we really don’t need anymore of these people today.

      2. I was looking at the consistent message that is coming across – a real hatred for the establishment.
        I like Corbyn but I don’t think he has the leadership skills to do anything. But what he has done is kick the establishment.
        What people want is something different – something with passion and substance – someone who is not there to represent establishment views and corporated interests. They want someone who believes in what they say, will represent ordinary people and make a difference.
        I don’t believe Trump really represents ordinary people or wants to make thye changes that would make a difference but he has shaken politics up and given the establishment a kicking.
        I didn’t see Moore last night. We had friends round and are preoccupied with moving. Very stressful.

      3. Therefore, the very same should be said about Trump for doing exactly the same thing. You don’t have to actually like somebody to be able to credit them when its due.

        What about Trump’s threats made towards the US car industry, where he said if you move these factories down to South America, I’ll tax you 35% and you’ll sell nothing here.
        He’s voiced similar at other industries as well.
        Actually, without ordinary people, Trump would have no businesses. A lot of his stuff relates to the average person.

        Your asking the impossible if you require US politics to be removed from corporate interests! That’s like wanting sharks without teeth. No chance.

      4. I was acknowledging that. Trump has undoubtedly shaken things up. Hopefully, from my point of view, he won’t get elected but will have creaqted enough panic to get some changes through.
        The establishment is getting a right old hammering from Brexit, Corbyn and Trump. Maybe something good will come out of it?
        If they do not stop paying lip-service and don’t start making changes they’ll have a revolution on their hands. There is so much hatred and discontent.

      5. I don’t think he will get elected. Perhaps some of his message will be taken on board by Hillary. I’m sure she knows he’s bang on right about a lot of US failures. She of course knows them inside out having been subjected to them for years and herself being on the receiving end of derision. A lot of people from her past will be on shaky ground now as she’s going to boil them alive.

      6. Strange things happen. The FBI investigation may cause some more doubt. There could be a big underestimation of Trump support. Who knows?
        She must realise that if she does get in she needs to do something quick or America will burn.

      7. I think there’s a strong element of going through the motions with this email scandal stuff. It was ages ago, she said sorry and it won’t happen again. Lesson learned. But really if the FBI or whomever really wanted to make a big deal of it, would they have waited until now to seek action. That’s a fairly perilous stance given her current position.
        What’s to be achieved – charged for an offence that wasn’t a chargeable offence at the time of said offence?
        Plus there’s the double-jeopardy bit – how many times can you charge for the same offence?
        It’s all a bit stupid really.

      8. I can only assume it’s the work of her enemies in the Senate. Those that know she’ll be wanting to bury them when she gets into power.
        Yes, it is just to damage her. It can’t be anything other than that.

      9. Neither do I. I reckon she’ll run out of ink signing motions that she’s been blocked from doing all these years.

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